CINCINNATI — Tyler Naquin homered twice and drove in a career-high seven runs, helping the Cincinnati Reds pound the Pittsburgh Pirates 14-1 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight victory.
Rookie Jonathan India had three hits and four RBIs in Cincinnati’s latest offensive outburst. Tucker Barnhart and Nick Senzel also had three hits apiece.
The Reds set a franchise record with 46 runs in their first five games. The 1895 and 1976 teams scored 44 runs through five games.
“We have a long way to go but it’s been a really good start,” manager David Bell said. “We’re swinging the bats well but speed is coming into play. We are working at creating more opportunities to score runs.”
Cincinnati left-hander Wade Miley (1-0) pitched six scoreless innings in his first start of the year. He allowed two hits, struck out six and walked one.
Miley was limited to six appearances last season due to two separate stints on the injured list.
“I just tried to work fast,” Miley said. “The way we’re swinging the bats, I wanted to get them off the field as quick as possible.”
Naquin got the scoring started by launching Trevor Cahill’s fourth pitch of the game an estimated 454 feet for his first career leadoff homer.
“I wouldn’t want to put a ceiling on it, but I have hit a ball that far once in Cleveland,” Naquin said. “Just one time though.”
Naquin connected again in the second, making it 5-0 with a three-run shot. It was his third career multihomer game.
Naquin’s seven RBIs were the most by a Reds batter since Scooter Gennett had four homers and 10 RBIs on June 6, 2017, against the Cardinals. The Reds signed Naquin to a minor league deal in February.
Castellanos, Moustakas lift Reds to third straight VICTORY
CINCINNATI — Nick Castellanos hit a go-ahead homer in the seventh inning hours after deciding to appeal a two-game suspension for his part in a brawl, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 on Monday night.
Castellanos connected off Sam Howard (0-1) for his third homer of the season. He admired the shot as he walked out of the box, whipped his bat toward the home dugout and yelled toward teammates as he shuffled toward first.
“I’m happy for players on any team to show emotion,” manager David Bell said. “It takes a lot to play this game and play it well. To be able to enjoy when you do well, it’s a good thing.”
Castellanos was disciplined by Major League Baseball on Monday afternoon for sparking an incident with the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday — the right fielder flexed while standing over pitcher Jake Woodford moments after sliding into home.
Woodford had hit Castellanos with a pitch moments before.
His suspension is being held in abeyance until the appeal is heard.
Monday’s shot was the 500th RBI in Castellanos’ career.
José De León tied a career high with nine strikeouts and allowed two runs, three hits and two walks over five innings to help the Reds secure a third straight win.
Moustakas tied it at 2 in the fifth with his first home run of the season, a solo shot on an 0-1 pitch just inside the right-field foul pole off Luis Oviedo.
“He threw me a slow curveball 0-0 and I swung through it,” Moustakas said. “I got a good fastball and didn’t miss it. I stayed inside enough to keep it straight.”
Moustakas also doubled and scored in the eighth.
Sean Doolittle (1-0) struck out two in a perfect seventh inning, and Amir Garrett allowed a run but completed his first save.